David A. Gamberg's Blog – May 2013 Archive (3)

Is Standardized Testing the Only way to Promote Career and College Ready Students?

Can educational policymakers see if there’s other, perhaps equally important ways to assess the value of a child’s experience in the learning process beyond standardized tests?  With all of the recent questions and concerns regarding such testing, is there any way to see if students are prepared for their future beyond the numbers they receive from being excessively tested?  If we are looking for evidence of active engagement of learning that lasts a lifetime, you may want to search no…

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Added by David A. Gamberg on May 13, 2013 at 11:09am — No Comments

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Do you recall that image of the scarecrow pointing in two directions when Dorothy reaches a fork in the road in the movie The Wizard of Oz?  I find myself reminded of that scene when I think about where we are in education today.

 

On the one hand, we are asked to challenge students to dig deeper in their learning.  On the other hand, we are driven to engage children an inch deep and a mile wide with testing and tasks.  We are told to raise standards, but cut your budgets;…

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Added by David A. Gamberg on May 11, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments

An Antidote to the Assault on Our Senses

As the ongoing assault to our senses in the form of the overused measurement instruments known as high stakes standardized tests continues unabated, our school district prepares to engage stakeholders from nearby schools in a gathering of staff and students to celebrate the wisdom of using a simple way to observe powerful learning—through and in a school garden.  Here is what visitors can expect:

 

  • See the curiosity of young minds gathering on the fertile ground that can…
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Added by David A. Gamberg on May 2, 2013 at 12:37pm — No Comments

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